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Failing Obamacare Co'Ops Offer Lavish Executive Pay — And May Violate the Law [Video]

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Daily Caller (DC), by Richard Pollock Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 30 55 2015 08:55:57 GMT Taxpayer'funded Obamacare health insurance co'op’s may be running afoul of the law by giving extravagant paychecks to their top executives, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. More than a million Americans have enrolled in the 23 non'profit Obamacare co'ops since they began in 2011. The co'ops were intended to be consumer'operated non'profits focused on delivering healthcare to the working poor and others needing health insurance. Eighteen of the 23 co'ops paid their top executives prodigious salaries ranging from $263,000 to $587,000, according to 2013 IRS tax filings. The high take'home pay for the “nonprofit” executives appears to violate

Bulletin to GOP: Wake Up, Little Suzy!

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PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 54 2015 07:54:19 GMT Watching Hannity and O’Reilly tonight I thought I was in a time warp — endless whiners complaining about the Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage. So the Supremes decisions were misguided at best, dishonest at worst, but on gay marriage specifically it’s irrelevant. That dog has been out of the barn for nearly a decade. As of now 60% of the public and growing supports it. That’s about as big a majority as you get for anything in this country. Who cares what the Supremes think, unless you’re talking about Diana Ross? And we’ve been seeing drag versions of

Senior Israeli Diplomat Visits Cairo for First Time Since 2011

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Washington Free Beacon, by Abraham Rabinovich Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 48 2015 06:48:12 GMT JERUSALEM—For the first time since the Israeli embassy in Cairo was trashed by a mob in 2011 and staff members were nearly lynched, a senior Israeli diplomat publicly visited the city yesterday for intensive talks with Egyptian officials. The visit by the new director'general of the Israeli foreign ministry, Dore Gold, came a week after Egypt announced the appointment of a new ambassador to Israel three years after the post fell vacant. The developments reflect both the turbulence of the Arab Spring, which placed stresses on the relationship between the Jewish state and the largest country in the

BLM Demands 24'Hour Access to Ice Cream at Burning Man Festival

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Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 39 2015 06:39:19 GMT Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials are demanding 24'hour access to ice cream for this year’s Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, among the many demands made by the federal agency that could cost event organizers $1 million. A federal permit has not yet been issued to Burning Man to hold the event, and BLM is making “unprecedented” requests for “VIP visitors” and its staff that will work the festival. Roughly 70,000 people are expected to attend the annual counter'culture art festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert this September. The Reno Gazette'Journal reports: The U.S. Bureau of

Calls mount for Obama to walk away from Iran nuclear talks

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Washington Examiner, by Charles Hoskinson Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 09 2015 06:09:56 GMT The Obama administration again finds itself under pressure to walk away from nuclear negotiations amid concerns that Iran may be backing off its commitments just days before a deadline for agreement. Talks in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 countries — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — are supposed to result in agreement to limit Tehran´s nuclear ambitions by the end of the day Tuesday. [snip] That isn´t likely to happen. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif isn´t set to return to Vienna from consultations in Tehran until Tuesday, a week after the country´s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,

Army kills controversial social science program

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USA Today, by Tom Vanden Brook Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 59 2015 05:59:25 GMT "The HTS program ended on September 30, 2014, as there was no longer a requirement for HTS teams in theater," Mueller said in a statement. Several months earlier, Army Secretary John McHugh had praised the program, saying the information the teams provided was "actionable and useful for decision'making." Social scientists criticized the program from the outset. A key concern for them was the militarization of their field and the potential that their work would be used to target insurgents, a violation of their ethical code not to hurt those they study. "HTS´ termination was long overdue," said Roberto Gonzalez, professor of

Globe'trotting Michelle Obama announces MORE foreign trips to promote education abroad after sojourns to Japan, Cambodia and the UK

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Daily Mail (UK), by Staff & Alexandra Klausner Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 30 51 2015 04:51:50 GMT Michelle Obama says she´ll do more foreign travel to promote education for girls in developing countries. The first lady announced a new program earlier this year to help adolescent girls improve their lives by attending and staying in school called, ´Let Girls Learn.´ She since has traveled to Japan, Cambodia and London to promote the initiative and even stopped to have tea with Prince Harry. (Photos) While in London she traveled with her daughters Malia, 16, 14'year'old Sasha and her mother, Marian Robinson. Mrs. Obama says the U.S. will continue to urge developed countries to join the effort. And when they

Arkansas clerk will resign over marriage licenses for same'sex couples

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Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: Ribicon- Tue, 30 38 2015 04:38:20 GMT Little Rock, Ark. — A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective June 30 because of a moral objection to issuing marriage licenses to same'sex couples. Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday she has notified the county judge of her plans to resign. She says she has a moral objection to issuing the marriage licenses following Friday´s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriages nationwide. She said the decision to leave the post after 24 years was not made out of hate. (Snip) Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday clerks have a "duty to follow the law."

Poll: Democrats face big enthusiasm gap in 2016

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Christian Science Monitor, by Linda Feldmann Posted By: NorthernDog- Tue, 30 24 2015 04:24:57 GMT Washington — Democrats believe they have a winning agenda heading into the 2016 presidential election. And for the first time, the “base” of their party – unmarried women, people of color, and young voters – represents a majority of voting'eligible citizens, according to survey data released Monday. But none of that matters if Democrats don’t turn out. As of now, 16 months before Election Day, that’s the challenge for them: The Democratic Party faces a big enthusiasm gap with the Republicans, according to a poll sponsored by Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund. Among Republicans, 67 percent

Supreme Court Rules Against Obama’s Energy Regulation

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Daily Signal, by Alex Anderson Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 23 2015 04:23:50 GMT The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a significant setback to the Obama administration and its environmental plan to curb emissions from power plants. In a 5'4 decision, the court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must consider the financial costs of regulations to power plants. [snip] The court’s majority opinion argued that the EPA “unreasonably” deemed the cost of compliance “irrelevant.” “One would not say that it is even rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the court’s majority opinion.

Terrorist Attempts in US Reach Highest Level Since 9/11

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Daily Signal, by Natalie Johnson Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 18 2015 04:18:41 GMT The United States is experiencing its highest level of terrorist activity since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Heritage Foundation report published last week advocating Congress to take the U.S. terrorism threat “much more seriously.” The report detailed the FBI’s arrest of a 19'year'old in North Carolina for conspiring with the Islamic State, the terrorist group better known as ISIS, to attack public venues in an attempt to kill hundreds of Americans. The case is the 71st publicly known terrorist plot in the United States since 9/11. Michael Sullivan told an undercover agent assigned to conspire with him for

´Mind blowing´ flames destroy homes in Washington state

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Associated Press, by Nicholas Gerranios & Donna Blankinship Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 30 18 2015 04:18:33 GMT WENATCHEE, Wash.— From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. "With the wind blowing away from us, it was like we were watching a natural disaster within arm´s reach," he said. The wildfires hit parts of central and eastern Washington over the weekend as the state is struggling with a severe drought. Mountain snowpack is at extremely low levels, and about one'fifth of the state´s rivers and streams are at record low levels. Eastern Washington has been experiencing temperatures into

Californians struggle for ´normal life,´ without water

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Agence France'Presse, by Veronique Dupont Posted By: NorthernDog- Tue, 30 17 2015 04:17:33 GMT Los Angeles ' A washing machine stands in the middle of Maria Jimenez´s California yard, like a redundant relic of modern life. Nearby are several rented mobile toilets, no longer in use. For four months, she and her family have had no running water. "We are trying to live a normal life," the 52'year'old told AFP in the town of Monson, 200 miles north of Los Angeles. (Snip) Today, even her childhood hamlet in Mexico has running water. She doesn´t dare tell her family back in Mexico about her situation in the United States. "They would tell me ´Come home!

Barack Obama´s letter shows he entered politics to tackle issues faced by black population

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Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 14 2015 04:14:49 GMT Barack Obama´s Kenyan half'brother has sold a letter written by the future US president 20 years ago in which he describes his plans for entering politics as a way to help black people. It was sent to Malik Obama who still lives in the ancestral home in rural western Kenya and sold for an undisclosed flee to a private collector along with a manuscript of a book by Barack Obama, according to the New York Post. It offers a fascinating insight into the mind of a young law graduate who would become president and his reasons for running for

‘Poor doors’ are no more thanks to rent'regulation bill

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New York Post, by Jennifer Gould Keil and Danika Fears Posted By: Ribicon- Tue, 30 12 2015 04:12:16 GMT No more “poor doors”! Developers who receive tax breaks to build apartment buildings with affordable units can’t segregate tenants based on income, or have separate entrances for those residents living in cheaper apartments, according to a provision tucked into the rent'regulation bill passed last week. Mayor de Blasio inserted the reform last May into his plan for the tax program, called 421'a — a move that followed a Post exposé on an Upper West Side development with a “poor door.” The building, at 40 Riverside Blvd., includes 55 affordable units — but their tenants must use their own elevator and

White people against white supremacy rally and teach'in at Lafayette Square

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Times'Picayune [New Orleans], by Kathleen Flynn Posted By: Ribicon- Tue, 30 03 2015 04:03:30 GMT A "white people against white supremacy" rally and teach'in organized by the advocacy group European Dissent took place at Lafayette Square on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The gathering honored the nine black people who were murdered in Charleston, S.C. last week. "We stand in solidarity with black communities and other communities of color who bear the brunt of white supremacy and racism, here in New Orleans and across the world," the group said in a statement. "White supremacy is part of the fabric of America. White supremacy works through all of our systems and institutions to marginalize, silence, devalue, undermine, exploit, oppress

Voting'Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

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Roll Call, by Simone Pathe Posted By: Desert Fox- Tue, 30 03 2015 04:03:07 GMT Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts. But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting'rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case. “Arizona citizens can continue to participate in voter registration drives without worrying about not having proof of citizenship documents,” Shirley Sandelands, of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, said in a statement Monday. The case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al., was about whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship when registering to

July 4 terrorist attack on U.S. soil a legitimate threat, officials warn

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Washington Times, by Maggie Ybarra Posted By: Dreadnought- Tue, 30 59 2015 03:59:27 GMT U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk. The FBI has arrested at least 10 U.S. citizens in three weeks who were plotting various attacks on the homeland on behalf of the Islamic State group, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin with the FBI last week putting local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the

Chipotle is being criticized for its provocative ´¿Homo estás?´ promotion

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Business Insider, by Hayley Peterson Posted By: Ribicon- Tue, 30 57 2015 03:57:59 GMT Chipotle has been handing out some provocative coupons at gay pride parades around the country. The coupons are printed with the phrase "¿Homo estás?" above a photo of a burrito. Below the burrito, there is text that reads, "Which way do you sway?" with arrows pointing to two buttons. One button reads "I eat tacos" and the other reads "I eat burritos." Chipotle also tweeted the "¿Homo estás?" phrase — which the company has been using for a while on t'shirts and other promotional materials — following the Supreme Court decision last week that legalized gay marriage across the US.

What Actually Comes Next

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Red State, by Erick Erickson Posted By: Lalo- Tue, 30 03 2015 08:03:02 GMT Less than forty'eight hours after King Anthony sovereignly provided new theology for our secular, civil religion, the left is now publicly calling for the abolition of tax'exempt status for religious non'profits and churches. It will come. It has to come. If gay marriage is a fundamental right under the equal protection clause, it is going to trump a lot of the first amendment. As Chief Justice Roberts noted, King Anthony’s theology precludes “free exercise” of religion. But all of this is down the road a few years. Let me tell you what is going to happen first. Silence.